Stormwater Management Training

Stormwater Management Training

Stormwater Management Training

    Training Series held in Orange County, NY Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County 18 Seward Ave., Third Floor, Middletown, NY 10940


    For those professionals involved in Stormwater management, keeping up with the latest trends and standards can be a challenging task. New techniques, standards, and regulations are evolving as research, experience, policies and performance data change.

    This series of Stormwater trainings is designed to provide private and public sector engineers, architects, administrators, planners and consultants with up-to-date techniques for understanding, evaluating, designing and reviewing Stormwater management plans and practices. The program emphasizes the standards in New York State, based on NYS-DEC’s August 2010 Stormwater Design Manual, the NYS-DEC Erosion and Sediment Control Manual, FEMA flood standards, and related permits, and also examines national standards and future trends.

    All trainings emphasize applications to real-world conditions, and involve hands-on, group, and individual exercises. NOTE: Registration with payment is required. Deadline for registration is ONE WEEK prior to each course. Cost (which includes lunch and materials) is $260 per person, per course, if registered by the deadline; $320 per person, per course after the deadline. Discount of 15% when registering with payment for all five training courses by February 15, 2018!

    *Municipal Rebate – $75 per class. Two (2) enrollments/seats per class will be reserved for municipal employees (not contractors) for $75 per class per attendee. No credits (PDH’s, CEU’s, LU’s) will be awarded to these attendees. This is a first-come, first-serve sign-up, but no singular municipality may sign up for all 10 seats. No discount for paying for all 5 before 2/15/18. Please call to register for these seats.


    Project Design

    February 22, 2018

    • 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Deadline February 15, 2018

    This comprehensive class will guide participants through the many steps of site planning, design, evaluation, and reporting necessary for obtaining NYSDEC Stormwater permit coverage in New York. We will work with a specific site (different from previous years) beginning with the evaluation of pre-developed conditions and project objectives. Site planning, Stormwater practice selection and design will follow. Computations for WQv, CPv, OBv, ExSv, and RRv will then be completed. The class will conclude with the completion of the project’s SWPPP outline, the NOI, and the establishment of a maintenance program for the site’s Stormwater facilities. Representatives from NYSDEC Central Office may also participate in the class, providing an opportunity for participants to interact directly with the regulatory agency on issues relating to the Construction Permit and Design Manual.


    Adapting to a Changing Climate

    March 21, 2018

    • 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Deadline March 14, 2018

    Co-instructor, Jayme Thomann

    Communities across New York are experiencing an ever-increasing variability of weather conditions that adversely affect local flooding and water quality. Old assessment models, design standards, and community policies may not be capable of providing the desired results in the changing climate. This class will examine how climate change is affecting precipitation, runoff, and the criteria that is used to establish the design standards for Stormwater management and floodplain regulations. Recent precipitation trends will be examined, and the class will explore alternative design criteria that can be used to assess and adopt projects and communities to these trends. One of the key elements for adapting landscapes to climate change is resilience. Numerous retrofitting techniques and designs for “softening” hard-scapes will also be examined, as well as fresh approaches to floodplain assessment and development.


    Stormwater Filtration and Infiltration Practices

    April 18, 2018

    • 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Deadline April 11, 2018

    Filtration and infiltration are effective mechanisms for Stormwater pollutant removal, and are present in many Stormwater management practices employed for water quality treatment and runoff reduction. This class will examine the essential aspects and design standard of Stormwater practices that use filtration and infiltration, including initial design considerations, evaluation of options, testing, sizing, construction, and most importantly: long term maintenance. Numerous design examples, case studies and class exercises will be provided.


    Stream Restoration

    May 23, 2018

    • 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Deadline May 18, 2018

    Co-instructor, Tim Toland and NRCS/SWCD personnel

    Many of our waterways have lost their natural resilience due to erosion, sedimentation, flooding, urbanization, and manipulation. This class will explore the natural stream restoration techniques developed by CWP, NYSDEC, USACE, and NRCS that can be used to restore the resilience of waterways, and to reduce flooding and pollution impacts. Beginning with assessment techniques for watersheds, soils, channels geomorphology, and bed-loads, the class will then explore the numerous site specific practices available for clean-up, repair, and restoration of stream channels, including bioengineering, de-channelization, revetments, j-hooks, drops, jacks, deflectors, weirs and veins. Numerous design examples and case studies will be provided.


    Small Dam Design and Inspection in New York

    June 20, 2018

    • 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Deadline June 14, 2018

    Co-instructor, Don Lake

    In the age of climate change, the importance of building and maintaining sound dam structures is essential for safely managing the changing rates and volumes of precipitation and runoff. Many Stormwater management practices include elements of small dams in their design and construction. Following the NYSDEC’s Guidelines for Design of Dams, this class will review the critical elements involved in designing, building and maintaining small dams in New York, including: permitting and evaluation requirements, hydrology, hydraulics, types of spillways, hazard classifications, breach analysis, and the development of emergency action plans. The class will also explore the history of dams in New York State, and techniques for inspecting and retrofitting existing dams numerous design examples and case studies will be provided.


    Principal Instructor:

    John Dunkle, P.E., CPESC, CPMSM

    John is a graduate of SUNY ESF and Syracuse University, and has been practicing civil engineering since 1981. Working with both private developers and municipalities on site planning and development projects, John has prepared and reviewed SWPPPs, provided guidance for MS4s, participated with NYS-DEC in the development of the current Stormwater regulations, and conducted Stormwater trainings for contractors, developers, engineers, and municipal officials. He is also a Visiting Instructor at SUNY ESF, teaching a graduate level Stormwater management class. John conducted Stormwater trainings across New York State with Don Lake for over 6 years. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) Instructor. John is the Planning Board Chairman in the Town of Nelson, Madison County.


    PDH’s, LU’s, and CEU’s have been requested for each course. Code Enforcement Officer Credits may be available for some courses. Questions? Contact Maire Ullrich at or 845-344-1234. Register online or contact Richard at 845-344-1234 or


    No refunds - if you cannot attend send someone in your place.


    All classes are held 8:30 am – 4:45 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County 18 Seward Ave., Third Floor, Middletown, NY 10940 Registration deadline: one week prior to class date. $260/person per class. $320/person per class after deadline. Please call for Municipal Rebate – $75 per class*


    All 5 classes – save 15% if paid by February 15, 2018 at $1,170.00 Per Person


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  • These trainings are offered through New York Regional Stormwater Training Centers
  • The New York Regional Stormwater Training Centers are a Statewide Partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange and Saratoga Counties, the Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board, and Monroe County SWCD. Our goal is to provide the best technical training to all Stormwater professionals working in New York State.
  • "Phase II" is part of the U.S. Federal Clean Water Act that regulates small municipalities and all construction sites of one acre or more through a national permit system to manage Stormwater runoff from urbanized areas.
  • The Regional Training Centers are dedicated to providing Stormwater professionals working in New York with the best possible information, education, and training to help better manage Stormwater runoff and keep all of our waters clean.
  • Other Regional Training Center information:
  • Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Management Program
  • Central New York Regional Planning & Development Stormwater Training Program
  • Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District

Last updated December 18, 2017